Mercy Corps helps young people develop market-driven capabilities and access opportunities in order to secure income and develop a sense of Responsibility, Identity, Creativity and Hope (become RICH). Ultimately, our goal is to see young people transition into global citizens who are responsible for and capable of building secure, productive and just communities at home and around the world.
Today, half the world's population is under 25 – the largest proportion of young people ever recorded. 80% live in developing countries where economic, civic and social opportunities are insufficient to address the diverse needs of transition to adulthood. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) predicts that in the 2009-2015 period, around 300 million new jobs will have to be created just to absorb the growth in the labour force . Global peace and prosperity will be determined by how well this youth bulge is integrated into both the labour force and social fabric. Because employment alone cannot absorb such a surge in labour supply, youth energy must be channeled towards other productive activities in their community. Our greatest challenge today is to provide young people with the capabilities and opportunities they need to drive and sustain development. Fortunately, young people are hungry to make a difference and represent an extraordinary window of opportunity to propel profound change in the world.
To learn how we help youth rise to the challenges of the modern world, take a look at the following information:
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Nigeria: Adolescent Girls in Northern Nigeria: Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship Opportunities April 26, 2013
Adolescent Girls in Northern Nigeria: Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship Opportunities Profile profiled 1,800 adolescent girls (ages 15 to 19) and private sector actors across the northern Ni
Yemen: Promoting Youth Employment in Yemen April 18, 2013
In 2013, Yemen’s youth sit at the forefront of a new revolution.
Youth and Conflict Best Practices February 18, 2011
Mercy Corps believes youth are a force for positive change — the generation that can help transition their countries into productive and secure nations.
West Bank and Gaza: Comfort for Kids — Gaza Youth Support Materials October 13, 2009
Mercy Corps West Bank and Gaza is proud to announce the publication of three Comfort for Kids (C4K) resources: a new children's workbook for children who experienced the Gaza War, and two pamphlets
Youth Development Sector Approach September 9, 2009
Implementing Our Approach
Youth Transformation Framework April 6, 2009
Mercy Corps empowers young people by building their capabilities and creating access to opportunities for engagement.